Bishops speak out on resumption of death penalty for drugs offenders in Sri Lanka

Posted Jul 18, 2018

[Anglican Communion News Service] The bishops of the Church of Ceylon have spoken out after reports that Sri Lanka’s president and cabinet have moved to reinstate the death penalty for prisoners convicted of drugs offenses. There has been a moratorium on the use of the death penalty in the country since 1976, with sentences of death commuted to life imprisonment. But now President Maithripala Sirisena has said that he will sign execution orders for people convicted of drug trafficking who are said to be continued to be involved in offeses despite being in prison. The move has been opposed groups as diverse as the Human Rights Commission, the European Union, Amnesty International and the country’s Anglican Church.

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